Thailand Retreat for Introverts and HSPs

Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Melissa Renzi
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Nov 12 - 20, 2022
Group size: 14 - 16
Thailand Retreat for Introverts and HSPs
Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Melissa Renzi
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38 reviews

Nov 12 - 20, 2022
Group size: 14 - 16

About this trip

Welcome - Sawadee ka (hello in Thai) - to the land of a thousand smiles!  


Chiang Mai (meaning ‘new’ city) is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and is known for its laid back lifestyle, delicious northern-style food, and serene, mountainous landscapes.


As a country that has never been colonized, you'll see old mixed with new in different forms, from temples to traditional street food, local artisan shops filled with handmade woven baskets to indigo-dyed clothing.


Forty-five minutes from Chiang Mai, in the countryside of Doi Saket, is where you'll find the peace and joy that brings a thousand smiles to Thai people and their culture. As you relax into your surroundings at the beautiful eco-retreat that is Mala Dhara, you'll find your HSP/introvert sanctuary amidst the never-ending rice fields.


Relax your mind, body, and spirit, as you immerse yourself in mindful movement, local traditions, and stunning tranquility in the surrounds of Doi Saket and Mala Dhara.  


In addition to absorbing the peaceful beauty of Mala Dhara with daily slow-paced yoga, meditation, and reflection circles, you'll have the opportunity to:


*Learn about the festival of Loi Krathong with a low-key, ritual and workshop led by our host.


*Day trip to Chiang Dao with a full elemental experience as you climb to the heavens of a Buddhist temple, descend to the belly of the earth with caves full of intricate carvings, and soak into the moment at natural hot springs.


*Receive traditional Thai massage and then learn from one of our guides, Heidi, in a workshop that will include history, philosophy, self-massage techniques, and optional partner work.


*Cycle to off-the-beaten-path hot springs, temples, and caves near the retreat center in your free time or relax in the saltwater pool of Mala Dhara.


*Explore your senses with a vegan Thai cooking class with our host. 


*Visit colorful craft markets and communities with a wide range of unique artisan work. 


Availability is limited - book your spot now!


Deadline to sign up is July 31, 2020.


Cancellation Policy

 All deposits are non-refundable.


Fifty (50) percent of trip cost is due by July 1, 2020.
Remaining balance must be paid 60 days before trip start date: September 1, 2020.  


If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation.  


-More than 90 days before retreat start date, 100 percent of your payment may be refunded or applied to a future retreat, excluding the deposit. 

-60-89 days before retreat start date, 50 percent of any payment already made may be applied to another retreat, excluding your deposit. You will forfeit 50 percent of the price of your retreat, excluding the deposit. Example: If your retreat cost is $2500.00 with a $400.00 deposit, and you've paid in full, $1050.00 may be applied toward a future retreat.

-15-59 days before retreat start date, 25 percent of your payment may be applied to another retreat, excluding your deposit. You will forfeit 75 percent of the price of your retreat. Example: If your retreat cost is $2500.00 with a $400 deposit, $525.00 may be applied toward a future retreat.

-If you cancel 14 days or less before retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Weather

Doi Saket  is 5000 feet above sea level. The dry season runs from November to June. Daytime temperatures can range from 80-90 degrees (F) with evenings cooling down to the low 70-60s (F). Chiang Mai has similar temperatures. 

Passport/Visa

A passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months following your travel dates is required for travel to Thailand.


For U.S. citizens, you will receive a tourist visa stamp on your passport upon arrival. A visa application is NOT required in advance if you are staying for LESS than 30 days and arriving by air. If arriving by land, a tourist visa is valid for 15 days. If you plan to stay longer in Thailand you can obtain a visa easily online. 


The following applies to visas for U.S. citizens:

https://thaiembdc.org/visas/


**It is your full responsibility to purchase and obtain a visa for Thailand if your country of origin requires you to do so or if you plan to extend your time in Thailand.

Location

We will stay at Mala Dhara Eco Resort, located 45 minutes east of Chiang Mai (City). Mala Dhara is unique for its earthen adobe structures, peaceful surroundings in the rice fields, views of Chiang Dao Mountain, indoor and outdoor shalas as well as relaxing salt water pool. 


Mala Dhara will be completely private for our group. Note that there are walking paths that may be elevated and made out of bamboo, on the property. Please let us know if this is an issue for you so we can do our best to place you in a room not out in the rice fields.  


All accommodations will have hot water (solar and generator) and electricity. You can expect the accommodations to be comfortable, but not extravagant. Mala Dhara is a very natural setting. WiFi is offered in the restaurant area as well as the rooms. Laundry service will be available for a fee of 10 THB ($0.33) per item.


For those sharing rooms, we want to match you with a compatible roommate. Please feel free to share any specific preferences or details related to gender identity that are important to you.

Weather

Doi Saket  is 5000 feet above sea level. The dry season runs from November to June. Daytime temperatures can range from 80-90 degrees (F) with evenings cooling down to the low 70-60s (F). Chiang Mai has similar temperatures. 

Food

ALL meals provided at Mala Dhara are VEGAN, as the restaurant does not serve animal products. If you require animal protein, you may purchase snacks that may be kept in your mini-fridge and choose to eat your lunches out. 


Aside from vegan cuisine, the retreat center is able to meet needs such as gluten-free, nut allergies, and other dietary needs.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend buying travel insurance. Read What to Know Before Buying Travel Insurance for a quick overview of the features you want to look for in a travel insurance policy. Essentially, you want to be sure your policy includes trip cancellation/ interruption, medical coverage, emergency evacuation, lost baggage and flight insurance. In theory, you’re supposed to buy insurance as close to the date of your first trip payment as possible to ensure coverage for all expenses and eliminate any risk of claim denial for pre-existing conditions. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, I will work with you to provide the necessary documentation for reimbursement. Many use a site like www.insuremytrip.com to purchase travel insurance. However, I’ve often found that many of the travel insurance policies offered at the time of flight purchase are sufficient and cheaper.  

What’s included

  • 8 Nights Accommodation
    Mala Dhara Retreat Center
  • 8 Breakfasts
    Vegan, served at retreat center
  • 8 Dinners
    Vegan, served at retreat center
  • 1 Lunch
    During Chiang Dao Day Trip
  • Chiang Dao Day Trip
    Transport, visit to temple, cave, and hot springs, lunch, and guide for caves
  • Loi Krathong Workshop
    Workshop with our host to learn about the festival and make banana leaf boats
  • Cham Chaa Market
    Transportation to Cham Chaa local craft market
  • Thai Massage & Sauna
    1 Thai massage and use of sauna in the nearby town of Doi Saket
  • Thai Massage Workshop
    Learn history and techniques with Thai massage therapist, Heidi Bokum
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
    Guided yoga/meditation classes and/or workshops 1-2 times per day
  • Reflection Circles
    Facilitated reflection time to process, share, and integrate retreat experiences with other guests
  • Roundtrip Transport
    Arrival and departure transport from Chiang Mai to Mala Dhara
  • Airfare
    International flight to/from Chiang Mai
  • Travel Insurance
    Strongly recommended
  • Passport/visa fees
    Visa fees not applicable if staying under 30 days
  • Most lunches
    All lunches except for lunch included at Chiang Dao trip
  • Cooking Class
    Thai vegan cooking class with Mala Dhara host
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
    Est. about $60 total
  • Extras
    Additional excursions, massages, souvenirs, transportation

Available Packages

Single Occupancy (Queen-Raindrop Villa)
Available until July 13, 2021Sold Out

Prices are per person. 


Raindrop Villa is perhaps the most iconic structure at Mala Dhara because of the three rain drops design of the dome shaped roof. Completely circular in form and without a corner anywhere in the design, the raindrop villa promises an energetically soothing and welcoming stay for every guest. 

  • Queen sized bed
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower/en suite bathroom
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle  
$2450
Deposit: $400
Single Occupancy (Queen-Jai Dee Villa)
Available until July 13, 2021only 1 left

Prices are per person. 


Jai Dee Villa has an earthen adobe brick design, hand molded on site and lovingly assembled. This villa, while smaller inside, offers the same standard of design, amenities and comforts as the other villas but situated privately among the Mala Dhara farm at the edge of the resort. Jai Dee Villa has sweeping views of the mountains and is perched above the gardens and rice fields of the Mala Dhara Organic Farm.

  • Queen sized bed
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower/en suite bathroom
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle  
$2100
Deposit: $400
Single Occupancy (Queen-Dhara Villa)
Available until July 13, 2021Sold Out

Prices are per person. 


Dhara Villa offers guests an opportunity to stay in a room with a unique, individual design, large interior and always enticing wooden bathtub. A short walk  from the pool and restaurant, Dhara Villa is a popular choice for guests when selecting villas at the Mala Dhara.

  • Queen or two twin beds
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower & Bathtub
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle 
$2450
Deposit: $400
Shared Occupancy (3 Guests-Bamboo Villa)
Available until July 13, 2021only 1 left

Prices are per person. 


Bamboo Villa is a large, high-ceiling villa with a spacious  indoor sitting area, indoor bathroom with moonlight views, and an enormous outdoor veranda with a lusciously curved couch for lounging. 


The interior of this villa is spacious enough to provide a beautiful  seating area inlaid into the earthen walls and lined with pillows as  well as a large double bed and hand-sewn cotton mosquito net. The  bathroom has a special open air design with stylish ceramic basin and  fine fixtures providing a romantic tropical element to your stay. 

  • Queen or two twins
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower/en suite bathroom
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle  
$1900
Deposit: $400
Shared Occupancy (2 Guests-Hobbit Villa)
Available until July 13, 2021Sold Out

Prices are per person.


In Hobbit Villa you enter through the handcrafted and individually designed doorway and are immediately aware that this is  just a prelude to the tastefully chosen authentic furniture, brass  fixtures, cotton drapes and succulent wooden bathtub.  The bathroom does not disappoint, with an intriguingly large rounded  doorway, rain shower and artisanal wooden bathtub. 

  • Queen or two twin beds)
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower & Bathtub
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle  
$1900
Deposit: $400
Shared Occupancy (2 Guests/Villa-Mala)
Available until July 13, 2021only 2 left

Prices are per person with two guests in Mala A and two in Mala B. Bathroom is meters from the villa.


The Mala Villas are specially designed villas that can be  fashioned as either two private villas with two shared outdoor bathrooms  or as two connected villas – perfect for family or friends. 

The Mala Villa has a very special design even among so many stand out  accommodations at the Mala Dhara. This Villa is actually separated into Mala Villa A and Mala Villa B, with two shared outdoor bathrooms to choose from: one bathroom featuring a shower in nature under the stars  and one well protected.

  • Twin Beds
  • Cotton mosquito net
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • 2 Shared outdoor bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle 
$1750
Deposit: $400
Single Occupancy (Adobe Bungalow)
Available until July 13, 2021only 3 left

Prices are per person.


The Adobe Bungalows are the newest additions to the Mala Dhara family. Priced at mid-range for those guests that require private accommodations at a budget rate. These lovely small rooms have a single bed and en suite bathroom, air con, Wifi, and are tastefully decorated in the Mala Dhara style - all while offering privacy out in the rice fields. 

  • Twin Bed
  • Air Conditioning & Fan
  • Shower/en suite bathroom
  • Free Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water kettle

These rooms do not have mosquito nets due to the structure of the bungalow. The retreat center states they are not needed really with both AC and the fan, but you are welcome to bring one if you want (and attempt to rig it over the bed) if you're concerned.

$1800
Deposit: $400

Available options

Thai Vegan Cooking Class
$40
Indigo Dyeing, Lunch (5 hrs w/ drive))
$55


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Mala Dhara

We’ll depart from Chiang Mai (hotel TBD) at 1:00 to head to the retreat center. You’ll have time to settle in, shower, and relax. Those who want can join a gentle yoga class to ground and unwind travel tension. Following yoga, the group will meet for our opening circle which will include brief introductions and optional intentions, brief overview of terms introvert and HSP, and group agreements to facilitate a supportive space for the week. After our circle, we will enjoy our first dinner at Mala Dhara. 

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Melissa Renzi
38 reviews
Melissa is a trauma-informed yoga teacher, social worker, and highly sensitive person. She's passionate about helping others heal anxiety and trauma while cultivating authentic self-love. Melissa's philosophy is that the root cause of many of our personal and societal problems is a disconnection from our true selves. She sees yoga and connection to the natural world as two of the most powerful means we have to heal ourselves and communities. When she's not yoga-ing, you can find her hiking, salsa dancing, scuba diving, crosswording, reading, and cooking creative concoctions in her kitchen.

Reviews

I joined the HSP Support Circle on 10th July last. It was my first time. I felt very welcome & supported as an HSP. The support I received was, for the first time, valid for me because the group understood where I was coming from. I am very grateful for the work Melissa does in facilitating this Circle. Thank you.
By Maria B for HSP Support Circle w/ Melissa (July 10th) on 20 Jul, 2021
I only was able to see the first part with Geno, but she was amazing and knowledgeable, and I came away with things I could use with her herb remedies right away, definitely recommend.
By Jill R for Guatemala Virtual Visit w/ Geno & Anita on 05 Apr, 2021
I attended Sustainable Activism for Introverts and HSPs. We met on zoom for this workshop. This was a powerful presentation, presented simply and with generosity. There were opportunities to form small groups in the space so that we could share in a more intimate setting. We came away with knowledge, insight and the beginnings of a real world plan for sustained activism. Highly recommended!
By Elle D for Sustainable Activism for Introverts & HSPs on 01 Mar, 2021
Really enjoyed the grounding of the tea meditation after the discussion circle. Thank you.
By Natasha B for HSP Support Circle & Tea Meditation (January) on 18 Jan, 2021
Though the travel was virtual, really got a feel for the destination, the culture and the people. Would definitely go again.
By Jill R for Virtual Travel & Yoga Retreat for HSPs on 28 Oct, 2020
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